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What Went Wrong ???

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This has been around for awhile but, I just found it again so I posted it just in case anybody missed it.

A Compilation of Thoughts [From Numerous Sources] on:

If the parents had kept their children away from guns, we wouldn't have had such a tragedy.

It must have been the guns.

It couldn't have been because our children get to spend an average of 30 seconds in meaningful conversation with their parents each day. After all, we give our children quality time.
It couldn't have been because we allow our children to watch, on average, seven hours of television a day filled with the glorification of sex and violence.
It couldn't have been because we allow our children to play violence dominated video games for hours on end. Video games that literally teach murder as an instinctive way to solve problems.
It couldn't have been because we allow our children to enter into "virtual" worlds in which, to win the game, one must kill as many opponents as possible in the most sadistic way possible.
It couldn't have been because we allow our children uncontrolled and unsupervised use of the Internet where they can find websites that preach wicked, perverted and deviant behaviour.
It couldn't have been because the evening news is a daily lesson of hate, prejudice, intolerance, bias and outright deceit about people and groups whose views differ from the "controlling media."
It couldn't have been because our children have become so spoiled with material things that they come to equate the receiving of the material with love.
It couldn't have been because our children, who historically have been seen as a blessing, are now being viewed as inconveniences that parents try to raise in their spare time.
It couldn't have been because our nation is developing a pattern of violence and "copy-cat" crimes because savage death and gratuitous violence – produced "LIVE" for endless hours -- boosts TV ratings and sells newspapers.
It couldn't have been because we give a few months in prison, or suspended sentences and probation for teen-agers who kill and maim -- and then give them a clean criminal record when they turn eighteen.
It couldn't have been because we teach our children that there are no laws of morality that transcend us, that everything is relative and that actions don't have consequences. What the heck, the president (Clinton) gets away with it.

No!, it must have been the guns.
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You know, when I open and close the gun shop on occasion, I'm not worried about the drug addled loser trying to sneak up into my blind spot as I dash for the alarm console.

No, I'm worried about the 600-some odd firearms in cases ready to lash out at me. They've been there ignored and maligned and ready to assault the first person they see.

Somehow I've managed unscathed these many hundreds of times now - but sooner or later, I'll zig when I should have zagged, and that's the last you'll have heard from me.

Or my Uzi will be mad I didn't shoot it last week, and beat me when I come home.

It's a wonder I'm around guns. I must be a victim of gun-related domestic violence where I'm cowed in their presence and feel worthless without their evil embrace. :)

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I'll be honest here - I was a bad child. I had every advantage. It didn't matter. Some of that little voice that says "don't" I never had - what most people intrinsically had, I didn't. I developed a very, very rigid ethical code over the years that's served me very well, but it's still not based on the same sorts of things as 'normal' people.

There are some bad apples, some of which turn out to be OK applesauce a few years down the road. But there are some folks that are just beyond hope.
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